20 days in Colombia, Peru & Santiago Itinerary

20 days in Colombia, Peru & Santiago Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia, Peru & Santiago Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h
2
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Aguas Calientes, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco will appeal to history buffs. Miraflores and Centro Historico de Lima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Parque de la Reserva, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), stop by Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima travel itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oxford, UK to Lima. Traveling from Oxford to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Oxford, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ollantaytambo.

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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 3rd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and then explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ollantaytambo trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Ollantaytambo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in August, expect much colder with lows of 2°C in Ollantaytambo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Aguas Calientes.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

2
nights
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Aguas Calientes ©
Serving as the gateway to the ruins of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes is little more than a glorified cloud-forest village, housing just over a thousand permanent residents and featuring all of two streets.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Machu Picchu Cusco Trek, then explore the ancient world of Winawayna, and then stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aguas Calientes vacation builder.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cusco.

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Machu Picchu
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Armas and Salinas de Maras are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, contemplate the long history of Convento Santo Domingo, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cusco itinerary maker.

Drive from Aguas Calientes to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Bogota.

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Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salt Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Monserrate.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota custom trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Bogota in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Bogota. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

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Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

1
night
Medellin, Colombia

Medellin
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Arvi Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerery planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Walled City of Cartagena and San Felipe de Barajas Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Boats4U, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip generator.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in August, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Santiago.

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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
La Chascona and Barrio Bellavista are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santiago travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Santiago takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cartagena to Santiago. Traveling from Cartagena in August, things will get cooler in Santiago: highs are around 19°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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